The animal farm7 min read 05 Jun 2015, 10:17 PM IST
Ten horses, one pony, two buffaloes, one cow, four ducks, 10 rabbits, five guinea pigs, two hens, one rooster, four dogs and a girl
While in school in Amritsar, each day I returned home to eight people and 40 animals. The eight people included my parents, brother, grandparents, a cook, a stable hand and an all-important man Friday, who went by the name, Dhilla (translated from Punjabi, the name denotes a lack-lustre personality, not the best trait you’d want in a man Friday). The 40 animals included 10 horses, one pony, two buffaloes, one cow, four ducks, 10 rabbits, five guinea pigs, two hens, one rooster and four dogs. Litters of puppies and baby rabbits and a paddling of ducklings augmented that number at regular intervals. I felt a kinship with Gerald Durrell and James Herriot. We had, luckily, a large garden as old homes in small towns allowed for. It wasn’t meant for 40 animals; my parents’ heart though, had room enough for everyone.